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Physical Therapy

Direct Access to Physical Therapists

The Allegheny Health Network physical therapists at the Allegheny Sports Complex at Cool Springs and at the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion are Direct Access Certified. This means that patients can see the physical therapists without a physician’s script/referral for up to 30 days, with visits still being covered under insurance. Direct Access can save the patient time by getting their injury evaluated in a timely fashion and triaged to an AHN physician faster if necessary.

State of the Art Sports Performance Equipment

The physical therapy services at the Allegheny Sports Complex at Cool Springs and the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion treat each patient’s needs with expert hands and state of the art equipment. Patients of all ages and skill levels – developing young athletes, high-level competing athletes, or active adults – can find the equipment, expertise, and care that can help them get better faster.

Physical therapy patients at the Allegheny Sports Complex at Cool Springs have access to specialized equipment that can’t be found anywhere else in the region. Patients' treatment plans could include sessions with the Impact Whole Body Cryotherapy, Alter-G treadmill, Dynavision D2 Board, Makoto Functional Movement Arena, and the Swim Ex Pool (Wexford location). All of this equipment helps physical therapists to optimize outcomes that help keep the patients active, moving, and doing what they love to do.

Call 412-DOCTORS or click here for more information about our other convenient locations offering physical therapy and sports performance services.

Integrated Physical Therapy & Sports Performance

At the Allegheny Sports Complex and at the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, Allegheny Health Network offers Sports Performance services (strength training, conditioning, therapeutic massage, nutrition & wellness). These services are integrated with physical therapy under the therapist’s supervision to help patients correct imbalances and improve strength resulting in more durable bodies, better outcomes and faster recovery. 

Staff Bios

Troy Baxendell, MPT, COMT, is a native of Pittsburgh, born and raised in the South Hills. He is a 1994 graduate of Duquesne University with a Master of PT, and has an extensive background in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He helped to develop a highly successful Sports Performance program in the South Hills. In addition, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics and Therapeutic Modalities and clinical instructor for the Physical Therapy program for Duquesne University since 2009.

Troy earned the Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapy certification through the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2011, and is a Physical Therapy Consultant for SI Bone, Inc. teaching continuing education courses to surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and physical therapists in differential diagnosis of SI joint dysfunction.

Tara Stempfer attended Mercyhurst College 1997-2001 and graduated with a BS in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training. Tara worked as an athletic trainer at St. Vincent College and a PT clinic in Latrobe. She then attended Drexel University in August of 2003 and graduated in 2006 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Her career passions lie in sports medicine and sports performance along with functional training. In addition to physical therapy, Tara also practices as an Athletic Trainer for the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFA (Rugby).

Tara’s interests include rehabilitation of the active individual, working with golfers (she is a TPI certified Golf Fitness Instructor), and CrossFit training. Tara is one of the top CrossFit instructors in the Pittsburgh area, incorporating her PT education/background into her CrossFit coaching, and vice versa. Tara resides is Verona, PA with her husband and three children.

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